Chairman's Welcome

Welcome to the Pediatrics Residency Program at the Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital. 

This is an exciting time for the department with our move to a fantastic, state-of-the-art new free-standing building in February 2013. Our residents are able to continue to learn from our outstanding faculty in a brand new environment.  The faculty, residents, fellows and students in Department of Pediatrics, along with our pediatric colleagues throughout the Children's Hospital, share the care of more than 100,000 visits by children and their families each year who have been entrusted to us by their local physicians.

The welcoming community of central Pennsylvania has been a tremendous asset for the Children's Hospital and all its programs since we first opened in 1971. The tremendous support of our institution as well as from our community further our missions of excellence in clinical care, education, research and community service. The Children's Miracle Network, now in its' 30th year,  allows us to provide expanded services and programs for our young patients and their families. The Four Diamonds Fund, and its largest contributor, the students of the Penn State Pan Hellenic Dance Marathon, while continuing to flourish for over 40 years, has continued to support  outstanding development of the clinical, educational and research programs in Pediatric Oncology. Our US News recognition in 5 specialties in 2013 reflects the hard work of our faculty and residents as well as our strong community connections.

By training in central Pennsylvania, our residents have unique opportunities not afforded to those in other programs.  By virtue of working so close to Harrisburg, the capitol of Pennsylvania, our residents and students are able to work on advocacy issues that face children and families every day. We work closely with the Pennsylvania American Academy of Pediatrics as they represent children throughout the state. Our strength in advocacy is exemplified by having the only two academic medical center pediatricians named Pennsylvania AAP Pediatrician of the Year amongst our faculty. Our residents also have the unique experience of caring for underserved populations in Harrisburg and also at the Milton Hershey School, the largest residential school in the country that was established by the great philanthropist and humanitarian, Milton S. Hershey. 

As Chair and Vice Chair, we have an open door to all our residents, students and faculty.  Come meet us as we are excited to share all this and more as you explore our program and Hershey - the sweetest place on earth.


Craig Hillemeier, M.D.
Chair, Department of Pediatrics

Barbara E. Ostrov, M.D.
Vice Chair, Department of Pediatrics